Five Years Ago A few weeks ago, we noted the anniversary of Peter Mandelson's dinner with David Geffen and subsequent plans to crack down on filesharing in the UK. This week, people began hearing murmers about the second part of his plan: an attempt to let the government route around procedure and change copyright law at will. Show More Summary
As you hopefully know by now, we recently launched the Techdirt podcast, and while I recently did an awesome stuff post on podcasts to listen to, I've been heard from a few people who don't yet listen to podcasts, and aren't quite sure how to use them. Show More Summary
Pregnancy discrimination has been a visible area in the news recently. The EEOC has focused on this area, and the Supreme Court will look at a pregnancy discrimination claim later this term. To add to this attention, a California jury...
On Friday, the Financial Times broke the story that the European Parliament is going to call for breaking up Google. Of course, the European Parliament can't actually do that, but it appears designed to put pressure on the EU Commission, which has been talking about antitrust actions against Google for quite some time. Show More Summary
The CIA and Senate have found more to fight about. With the "Torture Report" mostly in the hands of the White House at this point, the two are now battling over the CIA's planned alterations to its email retention policies. Key senators are pushing back against a CIA plan to destroy older emails of “non-senior” agency officials. Show More Summary
There are some bizarre legal definitions for common foods. For example, we've seen that the definition of a sandwich was under dispute because a burrito place was encroaching on a sandwich shop in a shopping mall food court. That case decided that a burrito was not a sandwich, but food experts don't all agree on that point. Show More Summary
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For a moment there, streaming video operator Aereo put on a brave face that it could continue despite last June's Supreme Court ruling against the company. While some interpretations of that ruling seemed to suggest that Aereo couldShow More Summary
Biglaw firms are falling all over themselves to hand out money today.
Techdirt has been following the extremely important case where a US magistrate judge ruled that Microsoft had to comply with a warrant asking for data held on servers in Dublin. Clearly, if this stands, it will have big implications for cloud computing -- and a massive negative impact on US businesses trying to sell such services around the world. Show More Summary
The Yousaf sisters are now countersuing the group's founding member read more
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled that the state's overhaul of its troubled public-employee retirement system violates a state constitutional provision that forbids the government from making cuts to pension benefits.
A breakdown of Thomas M. Cooley’s bar passage rate. It’s… about as depressing as you’d expect. [Third Tier Reality] Rapper being prosecuted on the argument that he benefitted from gang activity because the gang’s exploits made his rap music more popular. Show More Summary
Organization for Transformative Works volunteer Casey Fiesler explains in Slate. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
If you are looking to move in the beginning of January, your finger should be pressing the call app in your phone.
The Government Accountability Office has taken a look at the DHS and its handling of FOIA requests, and it doesn't like what it sees. There are plenty of numbers in the report but the most incredible number is this: 23,000 FOIA requests mishandled by a single agency under the DHS's control. Show More Summary
What more could you ask for from a small firm aside from the promise of cold drinks?
While Title II is the best net neutrality option available in the face of a lumbering broadband duopoly, it still doesn't fix the fact that the vast majority of customers only have the choice of one or two broadband options. It's this...Show More Summary
Simpson Thacher's generous bonus scale gets followed by another top law firm.
In Versata v. Callidus, the Federal Circuit holds that the erred by refusing to stay litigation to await the outcome of an CBM post-grant review proceedings. Generally, stays of litigation are given to the discretion of the district court judge and reviewed only for abuse of discretion. However, the AIA provides that Federal Circuit review on this issue is […]